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Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 8600 series has hit the internets, and there are plenty of different manufacturers to rank. Start off with HotHardware's review of the GeForce 8600 GTS and GT cards from Asus and XFX. Even thought the GTS has a higher clock speed than even the 8800 series, the performance doesn't come close, and is outpaced by the 1950 Pro and XTX. They do offer full DX10 support, and are cheaper than the 2 Radeon cards, so don't dismiss them out of hand.
Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has done your research for you when it comes to tweaking Vista. From customization to performance increases, it's all there. Don't let their hard work go to waste!
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CAâ€”APRIL 17, 2007â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the extension of the award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series line-up to include three new graphics processing units (GPUs), bringing high-resolution gaming, stunning MicrosoftÂ® Windows VistaTM graphics, and stellar HD DVD and Blu-ray video playback to virtually everyone regardless of budget. The new GPUs that complete the world's first top-to-bottom family of DirectXÂ® 10 GPUs include:
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (April 17, 2007) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIAÂ® supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced three new BFG NVIDIA GeForceÂ® graphics cards supporting Microsoft's DirectXÂ® 10 API and Windows Vista™ operating system.
Subject: Displays | April 16, 2007 - 09:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs reviews Samsung's SyncMaster 275T and 305T, as well as Dell's 3007WFP. All three monitors cost more that $1000, so before you invest that kind of money, you want to make sure you get the best.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2007 - 09:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Apr. 10, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the availability of new versions of its IntelÂ® Thread Checker, IntelÂ® Thread Profiler, IntelÂ® VTune™ Performance Analyzer and IntelÂ® Threading Building Blocks.
Subject: Storage | April 16, 2007 - 09:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, San Diego, April 16, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the industry's first 2U, 12 drive, integrated quad-core storage server: the Intel Storage Server SSR212MC2. This hardware platform enables a new price/performance class for the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) market.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Enermax has redesigned their Galaxy series, with the release of the new SGalaxy DXX 1000W PSU. [H]ard|OCP takes a look at this PSU, with 5 12V rails at a combined 900W and 75A. If that wasn't enough to impress them, the fact that the advertised efficiency rating was not exaggerated did.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has linked to an incredibly odd case mod. In fact this is probably one of the oddest case mods you've ever seen. Don't believe me? Click on over and take a look.
"You can't make this stuff up, someone turned a stuffed beaver into a case mod. Kasey McMahon, the girl behind the case mod
(yes, girl), said the hardest part was actually cleaning out the beaver."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2007 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a default speed of 610MHz/2000Mhz, the watercooled MSI NX8800GTX OC Liquid offers the fastest 8800 on the market, at least out of the box. With the integral watercooling rig, it is very easy to get going, as the reservoir and radiator are included, and meant to be attached to the rear of your case. Hardware Zone managed to get the core up to 680MHz alt
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2007 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a 2 warnings on their front page this morning. The first has to do with the new Storm Worm that managed over 20,000 infections in 1 day. This variant appeared last week and is triggered by clicking on on of those pop up/banner ads that tell you to "Click here to fix your PC". So please don't click there ... don't ever click there! Pass it on to family and friends now, or you will be spending some time with them later.
Wow, a special treat tonight. An old friend has agreed to step up to the plate. Jay is a founding member of the Uncle B's. If you don't know who that is, well, then you may want to lock up your pets and children first...OK, OK...it's not that bad! Just cover their eyes and ears!
OK, by now you know the drill:
Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective.
Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Friday afternoon again, and there is plenty of stuff going on in our forums. A member has had an unpleasant experience with Sapphire's RMA process, and has been billed what looks suspiciously like a restocking fee. There are good tips to be found on troubleshooting laptop problems in our General forum. One of the common problems we find is a high end machine with a low end PSU, and you just cannot
Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Surround sound headphones have come a long way recently, and now some offer a really engaging aural experience. techPowerUp! reviews Saitek's GH50 Surround Sound Headset, which uses SRS to give you surround sound experience and great bass. Read the review to see what they thought of it's ability to handle music and gaming.
Subject: Systems | April 13, 2007 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One problem with scoring high on a system review at [H]ard|OCP, is keeping the quality of your system, ordering and support high enough not to disappoint them when they next review you. Maingear is a great example, not only of a stellar review the first time around, but also being able to maintain that level of service. Read their review of the Maingear X-Cube to see how they managed to pull it off.
Subject: Memory | April 13, 2007 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mushkin's XP2-9200 runs at 1150MHz @ 5-5-4-12 out of the box, and Overclocker's Club pushed it to 1200MHz without any effort at all. With a different board and a bump in voltage, these DIMMs can probably go even further. As this RAM will keep up with any processor on the market right now, it lets you take full advantage of a 1:1 ratio between RAM and CPU.
"You know the drill: countless hours spent in front of the magic box, doing research trying to get the most performance for
your hard earned dollar
Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCIA reviews a product that reminds me of the old days when I played Adventure until the cassette tape got eaten. The BTO Plus Deck 2c is a tape deck for your PC, so that you can get all of the music off of the dozens (or hundreds) of old cassette tapes you have, and convert it to MP3 on your PC. If you've never owned a tape in your life, you can give this a miss, but if you want to save all those old mix tapes then check out the review.
"The Plus Deck 2c has the necessary controls for a tape deck...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2007 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-April 12, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the ModXStream Series, a new line of power
supplies designed to offer consumers a combination of OCZ's legendary PSU
architecture and an efficient modular cable management system. Available in
780W and 900W models, the high efficiency ModXStream offers the industry's
highest performing modular power supplies on the market.
Subject: Motherboards | April 12, 2007 - 09:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fatal1ty branded products tend to be much more expensive than ones that do not bear his name. The new RX700 Universal abit F-190HD motherboard is a huge exception, offering many features including onboard HDMI. A great all in one solution for all but the hardcore gamer, as motherboards.org points out the integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 does not support Pixel Shader 3.0 or 4.0.
Subject: Storage | April 12, 2007 - 07:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has posted a review of the new 3 in 1 SD memory card, the Trifecta. Not only does it work as a normal SD card as well as a microSD card, it will also plug into a USB port, so you don't even need a card reader. Find out how well they implemented the USB compatibility in the full review.